MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Katie Fuller went 2-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in to lead the University of Rio Grande in a mercy rule-shortened 9-0 win over the University of St. Joseph in the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic at Grand Park.
The RedStorm won for the fourth straight time, improving to 5-6 overall.
St. Joseph, an NCAA Division III school located in West Hartford, Conn., slipped to 5-3 with the loss.
Rio Grande blew open a scoreless tie by sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six times in the third inning.
Freshman Mattie Lanham (Rio Grande, OH) opened the inning with a walk, senior Kaylee Walk (Unionville Center, OH) singled to shortstop and sophomore Jessi Robinson (Wilmington, OH) drew a walk to load the bases against USJ starter Patti Sciglimpaglia.
Fuller, a senior from Hamilton, Ohio, followed with a two-run single to left before a single by senior Kaitie Stewart (Pleasant Hill, OH) reloaded the bases.
A passed ball allowed Robinson to score and, two outs later, freshman Kim Rollins (Liberty Township, OH) doubled home two more runs to make it 5-0. Rollins scored moments later on a double to left by freshman Claudia Farney (Rio Grande, OH).
Rio scored its final three runs in the home fourth when Robinson drew a leadoff walk from reliever Emily Hummel and Fuller followed with a two-run home run to left. Farney added a two-out RBI double later in the frame.
Freshman Kimber Hazlett (Utica, OH) was solid in the pitcher’s circle for the RedStorm, allowing one hit and a walk in four scoreless innings. She also struck out six.
Gwin pitched the fifth for Rio, allowing two hits in her collegiate pitching debut.
Siglimpaglia, who along with Hummel and Mary Sciglimpaglia accounted for the Blue Jays’ three hits, took the loss in the circle.